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Can Irritable bowel syndrome cause cancer in later stage?

I am 36 year old female. I was given a diagnose of IBS about 12 years ago. I've always had stomach issues such as gas and diarrhea which does seem to flare up more with certain food. However, recently I've been experiencing a dull pain in my left side under my ribs that comes in goes in episodes and seem to be bloated alot. I am concern that this is now something more serious than IBS. Of course I am thinking of the worse and the internet doesn't help. I don't know if what I am feeling is related to IBS or not. What would be some symptoms that should warrant a dr's visit and may be sign of cancer?
Wed, 30 Nov 2016
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Hello, I have gone through the details you have provided and understand your concern.
Irritable bowel syndrome does not cause cancer.
Your risk of is the same as that of other people in the community.

Yo need to visit your doctor to get reevaluated if you have
Rectal bleeding
Weight loss
Anemia
Nocturnal symptoms
Family history of colon cancer or inflammatory bowel disease

Hope this helps Do get back in case you have further queries
Regards
Dr Samir Patil
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